CLLI Board President, Huntington Park Council Member Jhonny Pineda gives a thumbs up for the new Summer Fellows of the Huntington Park Youth Employment and Civic Engagement Program. Click here for full photo description.
The California Latino Leadership Institute (CLLI) welcomed the first class of Huntington Park (HP) Summer Fellows as part of the new 2016 Huntington Park Youth Employment and Civic Engagement Program. The program will run from July 5, 2016 – August 18, 2016.
The HP Fellows Program is designed as a 7-week summer paid fellowship targeting Huntington Park residents ages 16-18 who are high school juniors, seniors, or college freshmen. Funding for this program comes from the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the California Community Foundation and Union Bank. The goal of the program is to create an environment for collective problem solving within a socio-economic, ethnically diverse Fellows team. HP fellows are employees of the Hub Cities WorkSource Consortium and will be placed within City Hall departments working in Huntington Park. CLLI will provide the 7-week program management and oversight.
“There is so much untapped and unheard talent in Huntington Park and I’m delighted that we are able to provide this opportunity for our youth fellows to individually and collectively make their mark on our beloved City, I have no doubt that at the end of the experience, the 11 youth fellows and the City of Huntington Park will be in a better state due to this invaluable program,” stated Mayor Graciela Ortiz.
“The CLLI’s nine-member Board of Directors were all Fellows once and understand the importance of being mentors and supporting life changing leadership development programs. We look forward to working with the City of Huntington Park, the HUB Cities WorkSource Consortium to provide First-time employment opportunities for many of the Fellows,” said Maria Hernandez, Chairman of CLLI.
The eleven 2016 Fellows are: Aldhair Vazquez, 17, Senior Huntington Park High School; Bryan Valenciano, 17, Senior, Linda Marquez High School; Darlene Hernandez, 17, Senior, Linda Marquez High School; Denise Nava, 18, Freshman, CSU Los Angeles; Elena Reyes Martinez, 18, Freshman, UC Riverside; Elizabeth Torres, Senior, Huntington Park High School; Eveanna Del Cid, 17, Senior Linda Marquez High School; Jennifer Torres, 16, Senior Alliance Charter; Jordi Salgado, 17, Senior Linda Marquez High School; Monica Garcia, 18, Freshman CSU Long Beach; and Steven Hernandez, 15, Junior Huntington Park High School.
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ABOUT CLLI: The California Latino Leadership Institute (CLLI) Founded in 2014, The Mission of CLLI is to develop diverse and entrepreneurial public, corporate and community leaders to create a better future for California. The Vision of CLLI is to educate, train and prepare leaders who can address challenges facing California, leading to empower the next generation.
Hub Cities Consortium Youth Program was created to provide services to youth who come from economically and educationally disadvantaged families in areas including Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate and Bell Gardens. We place an emphasis on enhancing youth development in the areas of education, by promoting long-term intervention strategies to improve basic skills, leadership, and pre-employment preparation.